Vienna is different - or is it? In no other European city do national and cultual contradictions clash like they do in the capital of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire. Nowhere else was or is the importance of the ''genius loci'' as pronounced as it is in Vienna...Each volume of the Art & Architecture series is opulently illustrated. The highly readable texts give you concentrated information on accessing well-known and less known sites in the world of art. An image of every piece of art that is described is included, allowing readers to easily recognize the original on-site. Insets on cultural-historical topics and illustrated glossaries, summaries, and timelines supplement the body text - leaving a deeper, more lasting impression of the material that is covered.